1) Sleep under the stars! (and maybe see the Northern Lights!)
I’ve always loved the idea of sleeping beneath the stars and having the chance to search for the Northern Lights from the comfort of my own bed. Lapland has a multitude of fantastic Aurora accommodations suitable for families to enjoy for either the duration of their stay or even for just one special night.
My top picks would be…
Saariselkä Northern Lights Village – spend the duration of your stay here in the cosy cabins that are only a short shuttle bus ride or 40-minute walk from Saariselkä’s small ski resort! Perfect for enjoying a bit of skiing on your winter escape.
Nellim’s Aurora Bubble – experience a unique night gazing up at the Arctic sky in search of the Northern Lights in one of Nellim’s Aurora Bubbles. With a small toilet and cosy furnishings, it’s a fun way to experience searching for the elusive lights with your family.
Jeris’ Aurora Domes – love the idea of glamping? Jeris is for you! These domes are nestled on the banks of Lake Jerisjärvi and come with log burning stoves and north facing views to keep your family toasty warm as you search for the Aurora above.
Ranua’ Arctic Fox Igloos – Set in an idyllic lakeside location 8km away from Ranua Wildlife Park, these igloos are SO new that we only have artist impressions! Be the first to stay here and give your family an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights from the comfort of your beds!
2) Husky sledding!
If your family is as dog-crazy as me, you’re going to love husky sledding!
Nothing can beat being pulled along by an eager team of huskies as you whizz across winter wonderland landscapes. It’s not surprising that this tried and tested Arctic activity is a favourite amongst our clients. Not only does it let you get up and close to some of the Arctic’s most loveable animals, it is also a great way to explore the stunning scenery on offer too. If you’re wanting to give this amazing activity a go, here are some of our Family Travel Experts top tips:
- Take extra care to wrap your hands, feet and face warmly, it gets cold out on the ice!
- Save the puppy cuddles for after the sledding
- Relax - don’t let your nerves get in the way of a truly magical experience
3) Reindeer sleigh rides!
Reindeer are perhaps Lapland’s most well-known animals, with their very name evoking images of festive cheer and Father Christmas.
These gentle creatures are such a delight to encounter, and a visit to a reindeer farm is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. Not only can you feed these beautiful animals, you will be able to meet their owners - known as the Sámi people. These traditional reindeer herders are one of Europe’s only remaining indigenous people and you will discover the importance of these beautiful animals to their livelihoods. Next, it will be time to get ready for a magical sleigh ride through the winter wonderland!
There are so many amazing places to meet reindeer, however, I would perhaps try Harriniva for an unforgettable Northern Lights reindeer sleigh ride!!
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Image credits: Markku Inkila, Antti Pietikainen, Gulo Gulo Holiday Village